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October 29, 1910

Interstate Reciprocity in Licensing Physicians

JAMA. 1910;55(18):1575. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330180063028

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To the Editor:—  The letter by Dr. Dunlop in The Journal, October 15, p. 1397, is of interest to every old practitioner. The ideals for which state boards were crated were made by the physicians themselves, but it seems that the moment people create an ideal and secure a law to fulfil that ideal, some state board official will invariably try to interpret it as if he were the law itself. Recent experience with one state board seems to indicate that it is trying to make it just as hard as it can for the older practitioner and just as easy as it can for the new graduate. Reasonable educational standards and ten years of reputable practice ought to entitle any one to receive a reciprocal license in any state.

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